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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A plug of absorbent material inserted into a body cavity or wound to check a flow of blood or to absorb secretions, especially one designed for insertion into the vagina during menstruation.
  • transitive v. To plug or stop with a tampon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plug of cotton or other absorbent material inserted into a body cavity or wound to absorb fluid, especially one inserted in the vagina during menstruation.
  • n. A double-headed drumstick primarily for the bass drum.
  • n. An inking pad used in lithographic printing.
  • v. To plug (a wound) with a tampon or compress.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plug introduced into a natural or artificial cavity of the body in order to arrest hemorrhage, absorb secretions (as from menstruation), or for the application of medicine.
  • transitive v. To plug with a tampon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In surgery, to plug tightly, as a wound or a natural orifice, with cotton, linen, or other form of tampon, to stop hemorrhage, to dilate the orifice, or for other purposes.
  • n. In surgery, a plug inserted to stop hemorrhage.
  • n. In hair-dressing, a cushion of curled hair or the like, used to support the hair in a puff or roll.
  • n. See the quotation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. plug of cotton or other absorbent material; inserted into wound or body cavity to absorb exuded fluids (especially blood)
  • v. plug with a tampon

Etymologies

French, from Old French; see tampion.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "In hair-dressing, a cushion of curled hair or the like, used to support the hair in a puff or roll."

    - Century Dictionary

    August 11, 2010